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Department of Invertebrate Zoology

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Astropecten nitidus Verrill, 1915. Photo by John E. Miller

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Dave PawsonSenior Scientist, Emeritus

  • Phone: 202-633-1757
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  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 163
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    Smithsonian Institution
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0163

    Responsibilities: Senior Research Scientist, Curator of Echinoderms

    Education: B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Victoria University, New Zealand

    Research Interests: Echinoderms, especially sea cucumbers and sea urchins - taxonomy, ecology, reproductive biology.

    Professional Activities: Council, Biological Society of Washington. Adjunct Faculty member, Harvard University, The American University, Johns Hopkins University

    Recent Publications:

    Pawson, David L., Nizinski, Martha S., Ames, Cheryl Lewis and Pawson, Doris J. 2015. Deep-sea echinoids and holothurians (Echinodermata) near cold seeps and coral communities in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Bulletin of Marine Science, 91(2): 167-204. doi:10.5343/bms.2014.1064

    Mironov, Alexandr N. and Pawson, David L. 2014. A new species of Western Atlantic sea lily in the family Bathycrinidae (Echinodermata: Crinoidea), with a discussion of relationships between crinoids with xenomorphic stalks. Zootaxa, 3873(3): 259-274. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3873.3.5

    Hendrickx, Michel E., Pawson, David L., Mejia-Mercado, Beatriz, Ayon-Parente, Manuel and Hinojosa-Corona, Alejandro 2014. Registros de especies de Holothuroidea (Echinodermata). In: Mejia-Mercado, Beatriz E., Hinojosa-Corona, Alejandro and Hendrickx, Michel E., Explorando el Mar Profundo del Golfo de California 2008-2014. : ,() pp.191-205.

    Gebruk, Andrey V., Rogacheva, Antonina V., Pawson, David L., Hamel, Jean-François, Macisaac, Kevin G. and Mercier, Annie 2013. Penilidia desbarresi sp. nov. (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea: Elasipodida) from the upper slope of Newfoundland and re-description of P. ludwigi (von Marenzeller, 1893). Marine Biology Research, 9(10): 1029-1036. doi:10.1080/17451000.2013.793810

    Donovan, Stephen K. and Pawson, Doris J. 2013. An Intersection in Time and Space: Significance of Modern Invertebrate Borings in Upper Cretaceous Echinoids. Ichnos-an International Journal for Plant and Animal Traces, 20(2): 81-87. doi:10.1080/10420940.2013.787072

    Pawson, David L. and Pawson, Doris J. 2013. Bathyal sea urchins of the Bahamas, with notes on covering behavior in deep sea echinoids (Echinodermata: Echinoidea). Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 92: 207-213. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.01.023

    Scholz, Joachim, Hoeksema, Bert W., Pawson, David L. and Ruthensteiner, Bernhard 2012. Ludwig Döderlein (1855-1936): Some aspects of his life, research, and legacy. Spixiana, 35(2): 177-191.

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